Monthly Archives: October 2010

Physiological memory

“The physiological memory is different from other knowledge and is far more stable.” (Abe, quoted in Shields 1996: 72) One of the many difficulties of working through translations is that to translate, as Heidegger has said, is always already to … Continue reading

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What is an image?

I’m curious about what Abe would think of Barthes’ conception of photography as theatre: “Photography is a kind of primitive theater, a kind of Tableau Vivant, a figuration of the motionless and made-up face beneath which we see the dead” … Continue reading

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Dialectics of the (in)edible

Bernard Beckerman once called theatre a “glutton”: “It will swallow any kind of material and experience that can be turned performance” (1970: 11). Theatre can be anything, can be anywhere. Beckerman was referring to the developments in theatre in the … Continue reading

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A Warm Green Fabric

The giant billowing sheets that come to be associated with the Abe Kōbō Studio are preceded by a more modest, but no less entrancing object: the green stocking. It makes its entrance not merely as an inanimate object, but as … Continue reading

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